George Robert Smith, of Raleigh died peacefully at home on Monday, November 10, 2014. George (Bob, Doc, Lehmann), was born in Hoosick Falls, NY on May 23, 1927 to Dr. George E. Smith and Mary McGrath Smith. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Jean Dominy Smith, two children, Andrew William (Drew) Smith of Cary and Stephen George (Steve) Smith and wife Tricia Daisley of Chapel Hill and their children, Ben and Sam. Also surviving are George’s sister, Eleanor Cuddihy, of Texas, and many nieces and nephews.
George attended The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. After one year at Holy Cross, George enlisted in the Navy. While he did not serve overseas, he was very proud of his military service. After his time in the Navy, George returned to Worcester. While at Holy Cross, George was a cheerleader for the mens’ basketball team that won the 1947 NCAA Championship. Has anyone not heard the story of George knocking himself out cold on an overhead pipe while dancing on a Manhattan bar following that epic victory?
George began a career with General Electric and while at a wedding in 1950, was introduced to a young woman named Jean Dominy. Jean was also from upstate New York and after an interesting courtship; the two were married on June 27, 1953. George was on the forefront on the computer age and spent many hours lecturing and instructing others in the early days of the information age. These instructional stops included stints at the United States Military Academy and the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. GE had a habit of moving its IT folks and the family spent time in Schenectady, NY, Doraville, GA, Phoenix, AZ, and Scotia, NY before George left GE and the family moved to Raleigh in 1970. George worked for several different IT groups prior to his retirement, including Occidental Life, Honeywell, Burroughs Wellcome, Wake Medical Center, and Durham Regional Hospital.
George had a special place in his heart for The Boy Scouts, Hoosick Falls, Holy Cross, his family, his Church, and, of course, the Boston Red Sox! 1946, 1967, 1975, and 1986 held bitter memories for this most loyal of Bosox fans. 2004 gave George special relief. 2007 and 2013 were just icing on the cake.
George spent many happy days at North Ridge Country Club and he cherished his friendships with Syl Bailey, Lyn Herndon, Jack Hoffler, Jack Perkins, Buck Ransdell, Ed Shook and many others.
In retirement, George kept busy with countless hours spent volunteering in different capacities at Rex Hospital.
A time of visitation will be held from 10-11 Monday November 17, 2014 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 2718 Overbrook Drive, Raleigh where a Funeral Mass will begin at 11 am. Memorial contributions are suggested to The College of the Holy Cross or The Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina.
Arrangements are under the care of Brown-Wynne 300 Saint Mary’s St. Raleigh, NC 27605. Please visit www.brownwynne.com to offer condolences to the Smith family.